Green Communities

New England News
10:38 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Dalton, Lanesborough Added To State Green Communities


Two Berkshire County towns are among 13 additions to Massachusetts’ Green Communities list.

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New York News
3:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New York In Group Welcoming Pollution Cuts

Credit Ken Teegardin/SeniorLiving.Org/Flickr


New York is among nine states already cutting greenhouse gases from power plants that say proposed federal guidelines for future national reductions are welcome.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which sets pollution caps and requires using or buying credits to exceed them, says its states collectively have reduced carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation by 40 percent since 2005.

However, the federal target by 2030 is another 44 percent cut for New York, based on 2012 pollution levels.

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New York News
1:16 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Future Of Electric Cars VS. Frigid NY Temps

This Ford Escape and utility co. bucket truck (pictured below) are two examples of electric-drive vehicles available to municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State under the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Municipal Electric Drive Program.
Credit NYPA

In December, the New York Power Authority approved $2 million in funding to help municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State purchase electric-drive vehicles for use in their municipal fleets. But the future for electric cars in New York state is unclear.

Electric cars were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and came back in vogue during the late 1990s, finding a spot in the marketplace as gasoline/electric hybrids. In the last year, fully-electric cars finally made a comeback in vehicles commercially produced by Nissan and Tesla.

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New England News
1:08 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

MA Announces Funding For Municipal Energy Managers

Municipal energy managers would handle projects like Solarize Mass.
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The state of Massachusetts has announced a competitive grant program to support energy managers for the state’s municipalities.

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New England News
12:32 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Community Programs Focus on Energy Conservation in Western Mass.

Residents of several Western Massachusetts communities will be able to participate in two separate initiatives designed to encourage energy efficiency.

Open discussions will be held in Lenox and North Adams this week for the public to offer ideas and gain more understanding of the area’s energy goals and of where the future of clean energy is headed.

That’s the goal of a collaborative effort between two organizations, the non-profit Western Massachusetts-based Center for Eco Technology, and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Grants Awarded For Local Energy Projects

Mass.Energy & Environmental Affairs Sec. Rick Sullivan next to a map showing " Green Communities" during a grant award ceremony in Amherst

More communities in Massachusetts are getting state  financial help with local energy projects. The funding awarded Monday comes courtesy of  landmark legislation passed four years ago that was designed to increase clean energy momentum.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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